The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

February 18, 2014

Your View: Is bigger better?

JOPLIN, Mo. — Reading Gary Thomas’ excellent commentary in the Sunday Joplin Globe (Feb. 16) about the “systemic reasons” why Joplin has remained the same size since the 1940s while Springfield has grown three times as large got me thinking, is this good or bad?

My conclusion is that it’s neither.  It’s personal. If you want a little bigger city, move to Springfield. If you want an even bigger city, move to Tulsa or Kansas City.

Want smaller? How about Carthage? What a great little city.

Our son lives in New York and loves it.

Bigger is not better, just different. I’ll tell you what’s better. It’s the people in your town who make it better, like Bill and Virginia Leffen, whose large donation to the Autism Center is inspirational, or Cynthia Schwab, who single-handedly created Pro Musica to bring classical music to this small community. It’s Mark Rohr, who changed the look of downtown and the city after a devastating tornado and has earned a national award for his efforts. I could name many more examples, but you get the idea.

Is Joplin stagnant? Maybe it is, but quantity sometimes is not quality. I’m no Luddite, so if we grow, let’s make it for the right reason — quality not quantity.

And why not stop bickering and go out and plant a tree or two? If I had a yard, I would.

Bill Fowks

Joplin

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